TRUMBULL — Trumbull printer- and scanning-equipment distributor Oce North America will lay off 135 workers in three Connecticut communities, including Shelton and Trumbull, according to its notice with the state’s Department of Labor. The company, a subsidiary of Dutch printing service provider Canon Group, will lay off 124 employees in Trumbull, ten employees in Shelton, and one in East Hartford. The layoffs will take place between December 31 and December 31, 2013. The types of employees range from clerical to executive, according to the Hartford Business Journal.

Oce was acquired by Japanese digital image firm Canon Group in March 2010, and the consolidation of the company has been in the works since the acquisition.

 NEW HAVEN — The MIT Enterprise Forum of Connecticut will host a panel discussion on “New Energy Technologies” from 5 to 8:30 p.m. November 14 at the New Haven Lawn Club, 193 Whitney Avenue. Panelists include: Samuel Brauer, principal of the technology and marketing consulting firms Nanobiz, LLC and Nanotech Plus, LLC; Kevin Burns, president and co-founder of Precision Combustion Inc.; John Camean, principal-in-charge of the power and utility practice group of Van Zelm Engineers; and Tim Maurer, vice president of “innoventures” and research for the DeSai Group. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is a must. Phone 203-387-7348 or visit ct.mitef.org.

 WALLINGFORD — Streaming video company VBrick Systems has raised $5 million in equity after closing its first round of outside financing in four years.

The company, which develops software and appliances to enable creation, publication and distribution of streaming video over the Internet and IP networks, last held a round of fundraising in 2008, when it raised $12 million. To date, the company has raised $55 million since its founding in 1998.

VBrick opened a research and development office in Woburn, Mass., in the spring of 2011.

 NORTH HAVEN — Watch where you’re going — someone else is.

Queralt, a developer of monitoring equipment, has received a follow-on investment of $200,000 from Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII), part of a $500,000 funding round. The money is going toward expanding research and development, including the hiring of additional staff.

Queralt has developed a cloud-based iQ3 platform for employers to monitor and manage physical assets and people in real time, gathering data from sensors, radio frequency tags, and GPS and mobile devices. The program is used in various applications to help improve efficiency and keep track of resources, as well as in settings such as senior living facilities to keep track of residents and improve response time in the event of emergencies.

The iQ3 system has also been used in health-care and medical facilities, corporate offices, manufacturing facilities, schools and government agencies.

CII invested $150,000 in the company in 2011.

 NEW HAVEN — New Haven Pharmaceuticals (NHP) has attracted $6.6 million in new financing as it continues to develop therapeutic drugs.

Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) awarded  the firm $1.5 million through its Eli Whitney Fund, with the remaining financing coming from Yale University, EJ Funds, Kuzari Group, Advantage Captial Partners and private investors.

NHP is developing proprietary prescription pharmaceuticals that employ currently marketed drugs or pharmaceutical ingredients. The company’s products incorporate proprietary, oral and controlled-release technologies, as well as intellectual property licensed from Yale.

The company’s most advanced product is being developed as an anti-platelet therapy for secondary prevention of stroke and acute cardiovascular events for patients with such a history. Other products in the pipeline include those for lowering stomach acid in patients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

 NORTH HAVEN — Medical device maker Macalaster Bicknell is now under new ownership in a new location.

Laboratory supply executives Tim Grogan and Chris Lope, formerly in executive management at VWR International, have purchased the company as co-owners and moved its headquarters and distribution center to North Haven.

The company provides labware, consumables, test and measurement equipment, tools, and products for research and cleanroom operations.

 SOUTHBURY — Web design company Web-IT has launched Heritage Computer Specialists, an affiliate company offering computer set-up, repair and sales.

The firm, with offices in Southbury and Danbury, caters to residential and business clients and features an online store for hardware and peripherals. Web-IT was launched in 2009 by Southern Connecticut State University alumnus Anthony Kruge.

 

 WESTPORT — Health-care technology company SAMI Health has attracted additional investments for its development of hospital search engine software.

Connecticut Innovations Inc. (CII) has made a follow-on investment of $375,000 in the company, while Intersection Health Partners likewise invested $375,000 in the Westport firm. CII made an initial investment of $500,000 in the company earlier this year.

SAMI is developing Smart Access Medical Information (SAMI), a search engine that allows medical personnel, patients and their families to access patient medical information in any electronic medical record (EMR) system. It can be accessed via computers, PDAs, smart phones and tablets.

The SAMI system is in use at Bridgeport Hospital, and is under evaluation by the Yale New Haven Health System.

 BRISTOL — A multi-million dollar cash infusion has helped bring energy management systems company Emme Spurs relocate from Oregon to Connecticut.

The company develops products that regulate building climate control systems to help save energy costs, and that utilize wireless sensors and data algorithms. Previously headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., the company says it has created eight jobs in Connecticut in engineering, installation, technical support, finance and management, when it moved to Bristol. 

Emme systems replace standard household thermostats and HVAC controls, and features Internet connectivity for remote access.

Connecticut Innovations Inc. invested $1.5 million in the company through its Eli Whitney Fund; another $1.5 million come from other sources, including the state’s Department of Economic & Community Development (DECD).

 HAMDEN — Food Network Cupcake Wars winners the Sugar Bakery is opting for the New Haven Cash Register Co.’s point-of-sale systems for its East Haven shop.

The bakery chose the software for its touch-screen interfaces and cloud-based, virus-free software.

The company expects the software to reduce customers’ wait time in line by 80 percent.


WALLINGFORD — In 1998 a small group of software pioneers began calling free software that they and others developed for widespread free use “open-source” software. That term and the steady improvement and diversity of the software meshed with a growing need for affordable and flexible software by companies both large and small. Today “open source” software is in use on tens of millions of computers.

From accounting programs to complex networks to your favorite websites, open-source software includes such familiar names as Linux, Wordpress and Joomla, which have developed into brands in their own right.

Sophisticated organizations and companies steer their development or profit from related services such as support.

Gary Cuozzo of ISG Software discovered this new model and in 1998 began developing his company to help customers implement the emerging software products. Today, ISG hosts websites and e-mail, implements enterprise software for manufacturers, builds websites and provides disaster and other backup services all from the vantage point of open source software.

Open source software isn’t necessarily free, and like all software usually requires experienced help to install.

Software companies can build related applications and charge for the programs and support but typically software developers follow a model on how they do it under an open-source license.

Cuozzo’s firm has assembled open-source “solutions” in a variety of industries and but he wanted to establish his own data center to take more control to “better serve our customers.”

To build a robust and reliable datacenter Cuozzo needed to expand the bandwidth and create redundancy to make his data center attractive to a growing customer base.

Cuozzo says he took advantage of a relatively new market by offering what he describes as an “enterprise class service” from his local, cable and internet provider, Comcast.

Cuozzo says that by choosing the cable internet provider he was able to get a fiber-optic connection to its backbone that could offer him the redundancy that he wanted because, according to Cuozzo, Comcast has “their own completely separate network.”

Unlike regular cable Internet, he adds,  “It’s geared toward hosting companies and I would say larger businesses. We can get multiple gigabits on each fiber and they pulled in 128 strands of fiber into our data center — a very high level of capacity.

“As a true datacenter we have our own dedicated IP assignments [from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, or IANA] that we can reallocate to our customers. Our IP block is ours” regardless of provider.

ISG isn’t in what Cuozzo describes as the “nuts and bolts” parts or commodity segment of the market. “Companies come to us with a problem, we have to provide a complete solution,” he says. “We use the nuts and bolts. It might include hosting, e-mail, it also will typically include training or integration with other systems. Now we can wrap it up into a total solution.”